Kevin McKenna

Kevin McKenna (born January 8, 1959)

Current position: Director of player development
Current team: Oregon Ducks (Head coach: Dana Altman)
Current conference: Pac-12 Conference
Teams coached: Sioux Falls Skyforce, Omaha Mavericks, Indiana State Sycamores
Omaha record^: 89-33 (.730)
Indiana State record: 43-52 (.453)
Overall record^: 132-85 (.608)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0
  • CBI Appearances:  1  (2010)
  • NCC (Div II) Regular Season Champion:  2  (2004, 2005)
  • NCC (Div II) Tournament Champion:  1  (2004)
  • NCAA Division II Tournament Appearances:  3  (2002, 2004, 2005)

Awards:

  • NCC (Div II) Coach of the Year:  (2004, 2005)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2022-present Oregon (DPD)
2010-2022 Oregon (asst)
2007-2010 Indiana State
2005-2007 Creighton (asst)
2001-2005 Nebraska-Omaha
1994-2001 Creighton (asst)
1993-1994 Washington Bullets (scout)
1990-1993 Sioux Falls Skyforce
1989-1990 La Crosse Catbirds (asst)

Kevin McKenna Facts

  • Kevin Robert McKenna
  • Born January 8, 1959
  • Hometown: Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Alma Mater: Creighton University (BA, 1993 & MA, 1997
  • Born in Minnesota, McKenna graduated from Palatine Township HS (IL) then played for coach Tom Apke at Creighton
    • Was named First-Team All-MVC in both 1980 and 1981; was taken in the 4th round (88th overall) of the 1981 NBA Draft by the Lakers
  • Played professionally in the NBA and CBA for nine years, spending time with the Lakers (winning the NBA title in 1982), Pacers, Nets and Bullets
    • NBA coaches he played for include Pat Riley (LAL), Jack McKinney (IND), Stan Albeck (NJN), Gene Shue (WAS) and Dave Wohl (NJN)
    • Also played for Norm Ellenberger during the 1982-83 CBA season with the Las Vegas Silvers and in 1989-90, was both a player and assistant coach under Flip Saunders with the La Cross Catbirds (that team won the 1990 CBA title)
  • Spent three years as the head coach of the Sioux Falls Skyforce, then a CBA franchise; went 76-92 overall during his tenure there
  • After one season as a scout with the Washington Bullets (coached by Wes Unseld), McKenna began his collegiate coaching career
  • Returned to alma mater Creighton in 1994, spending the next seven seasons as an assistant there under Dana Altman
    • Was part of three-straight NCAA Tournament berths with the Bluejays (1999-2001) before becoming a head coach in 2001
  • Led the then-Division II Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks for four seasons, going 89-33 overall at the helm
    • Reached the NCAA D-II Tournament three times, won two NCC titles and was named NCC COY twice
  • Left Omaha and returned to Creighton in 2005 and spent two more years on Altman‘s staff there
  • Became the head coach a D-I Indiana State in 2007, leading the Sycamores for the next three seasons
    • Did not have as much success, going just 43-52 overall and reaching the postseason just once (2010 CBI)
  • Resigned after the 2009-10 season and reunited with Altman, now the head coach at Oregon
    • Has been on the Ducks’ staff ever since, where he has been part of numerous postseasons that include a run to the NCAA Final Four in 2017
    • Transitioned from assistant coach to director of player development prior to the 2022-23 season
  • Along with his wife, Nancy, has one daughter and one son

Kevin McKenna Coaching Tree

 

^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I and Division II levels only; Nebraska-Omaha was a D-II during McKenna’s tenure there

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